National Flag of Canada Day

February 15, 1965 was a historical moment for Canada as the now-beloved red maple leaf flag was flown on Parliament Hill for the first time. Watch historical footage of this important moment in our history.

A highly recognised symbol around the world today, the creation of a unique flag to represent the country was rather controversial at the time. Watch to The National’s  The Real Story Behind the Canadian Flag (presented on February 15, 2015, on the 50th anniversary of the flag).

Want to know more about the Canadian flag? Visit Heritage Canada’s page Origin of the Canadian Flag  or Origine du drapeau canadien